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  • Rendering female models and celebrities on large-scale canvases and with quick, expressive brushstrokes, painter Katherine Bernhardt examines representations of beauty in mainstream media and fashion photography. She paints her subjects with severe, exaggerated features and emaciated limbs that sometimes morph into abstraction, recalling the works of Pablo Picasso. “Some people ask if I hate the models I paint,” she says. “I say no, I don't hate them.

  • UpCycle Day 2014!

    Sep 03| Special Event
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    Join us for the 3rd Annual UpCycle Day!

    Learn about the Resource Exchange

    Bring your excess supplies and materials to share and trade. 

    Stock up for the school year with Free supplies and materials. 

    Help divert our collective waste from ending up in landfills.

     

  • Forrest Gander

    Sep 03| Lectures
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    Otis Books/Seismicity Editions is pleased to publish Panic Cure: Poetry from Spain for the 21st Century, an anthology of poems from eleven contemporary Spanish poets, active from the 1960s through the present. Selected and translated by Forrest Gander, Panic Cure is notable for its impressive range of poetic voices.

  • Jan Brandt

    Sep 04| Lectures
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  • Joel Kyack

    Sep 09| Lectures
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    JOEL KYACK Lives and works in Los Angeles.

    ghebaly.com/artists/joel-kyack

  • A dynamic portrait of the life of computer prodigy Aaron Swartz who championed free speech and data sharing, this must-see documentary premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah and was the opening night film at the 2014 Hot Docs International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. 

    We're excited the film’s director Brian Knappenberger will be our special guest speaker for the Q & A moderated by Movies that Matter series producers Judy Arthur and Perri Chasin after the screening. 

  • Koenraad Dedobbeleer lives and works in Brussels.

     

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Otis Speaks 2008

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 2008 
Media contact: Kathy MacPherson, galleryinfo@otis.edu, 310.665.6909. Images available. 

Otis Speaks series spring 2008

The Ben Maltz Gallery at Otis College of Art and Design is pleased to present the spring 2008  Otis Speaks series:  
Otis Speaks is an eclectic series of public programs presented by artists, designers, and innovators working in a variety of fields who openly share their projects, ideas and observations about our visual world. All Otis Speaks programs are held at Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90045, are free, open to the public, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information archive.otis.edu or contact the Ben Maltz Gallery at 310 665 6905

 

Thursday, January 31, 7:30pm, Forum Lecture
Recent Works 
Domenick Ammirati
Domenick Ammirati is a writer, critic and Senior Editor at Modern Painters magazine. Ammirati presents a talk about his recent work as a critic and writer. His criticism has appeared in Artforum, Index, and Artext. He was a critical studies fellow in the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's Core program from 2005 to 2006, and his fiction was recently published in Plazm magazine.


Monday, February 4, 7:30pm, Ben Maltz Gallery Conversation
Shaolin: Temple of Zen
Justin Guariglia, Gene Ching, and Craig Reid
Conversation with photographer Justin Guariglia of National Geographic Traveler; Gene Ching Associate Publisher of Kung Fu Tai Chi Magazine; and Craig Reid, Ph.D., martial arts film historian, fight choreographer and martial artist.

 

Sunday, February 10, 4pm, Ben Maltz Gallery Conversation Henry Jenkins and Stephen Duncombe
From Participatory Culture to Participatory Democracy: Politics in the Age of YouTube
Henry Jenkins, Co-Director of the M.I.T. Comparative Media Studies Program, in conversation with Stephen Duncombe, author of Dream: Re-Imaging Progressive Politics in the Age of Fantasy, discuss how the internet and technology are changing the face of politics and the role of citizens in our evolving democracy.    

 

Monday, February 25, 7:30pm, Ben Maltz Gallery Panel Discussion
Cultural Representation in the Media 

Félix Gutiérrez, Lena Chao-Young, and Clint C. Wilson II  Moderator: Parme Giuntini
Otis Director of Art History Parme Giuntini, Ph.D., moderates a panel discussion with Professors Félix Gutiérrez, Ph.D., Professor of Journalism and Communication at USC; Lena Chao-Young, Ph.D., Professor of Communication Studies at Cal State LA; and Clint C. Wilson II, Ed.D., author and Professor of Journalism at Howard University, discuss the challenges of how cultural identity is constructed by the media.

 

Friday, February 29, 8pm, Ahmanson Bldg B06 Screening A Night of Hong Kong Kung Fu Cinema The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978) Eight Diagram Pole Fighter (1983)
In conjunction with the exhibition Shaolin: Temple of Zen, join Craig Reid in the presentation of a double feature of renowned martial arts film director Liu Chia-Liang.  The 36th Chamber of Shaolin traces the true-life story of Monk San Te (portrayed by Gordon Liu), one of the fabled Ten Tigers of Shaolin. This film opened the Shaolin temple doors and changed the direction of Hong Kong kung fu cinema.  Eight Diagram Pole Fighter, starring Alexander Fu Shen in his last film, chronicles the heroics of the real-life Yang family men, which gave rise to the 9th century legendary Yang women warriors who successfully led the Chinese army against foreign invaders.

 

Sunday, March 9, 4pm, Ben Maltz Gallery Lecture
Cultural Planning in the city of Los Angeles

Adolfo Nodal
Adolfo Nodal, President of the City of Los Angeles’ Cultural Affairs Commission, discusses LA’s cultural planning process over the last two decades and into the future. 

 

Thursday, March 13, 7:30pm, Ben Maltz Gallery Conversation
Musically Speaking

Kali Nikitas and Rich Shelton
Join Rich Shelton, Otis Faculty in Digital Media, and Kali Nikitas, Chair of Communication Arts and Graduate Graphic Design, in a dynamic conversation as they explore the art and design of the album cover. They will share their curatorial brainstorming process as they discuss an upcoming exhibition they are organizing for the Ben Maltz Gallery in 2009-10. After the conversation, play music and buy records from some very cool independent vinyl vendors.

 

Location: Otis College of Art and Design, 9045 Lincoln Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045 Parking and Admission: Free. Visitor parking in structure on La Tijera. Gallery Office Hours:

 

Mon-Fri, 10am-5pm Information: 310.665.6905, galleryinfo@otis.edu, archive.otis.edu/benmaltzgallery
Image above: Film still from The 36th Chamber of Shaolin (1978)

 

 

About Otis

Established in 1918, Otis College of Art and Design is a national leader in art and design education. The College mission is to prepare diverse students of art and design to enrich our world through their creativity, skill, and vision. Alumni and faculty are Fulbright, MacArthur, and Guggenheim grant recipients, Oscar awardees, legendary costume designers, leaders of contemporary art movements, and design stars at Apple, Abercrombie & Fitch, Pixar, DreamWorks, Mattel, Nike, and Disney.
 
Otis enrolls approximately 1,100 full-time students, and offers Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Architecture/Landscape/Interiors, Digital Media (Game and Entertainment Design, Animation, and Motion Design), Fashion Design, Communication Arts (Graphic Design, Illustration, and Advertising Design), Fine Arts (Painting, Photography, and Sculpture/New Genres), Product Design, and Toy Design.  Otis also awards the Master of Fine Arts degree in Fine Arts, Graphic Design, Public Practice, and Writing.   

The five-acre main campus is located on L.A.’s Westside near the beach and LAX; Fashion Design is in the heart of the downtown fashion district; and the Graduate Studios are on the Creative Corridor in nearby Culver City and in the 18th Street Arts Center in Santa Monica.

2,700 adults and children participate in Continuing Education art and design classes and workshops.